Things Both “Old and New”.
Back in the early 1900’s, my Great Grandfather, Abner Tucker, made two little tables to go under a casket at each end to hold it up. The top was just a lot of little pieces. I can remember setting by it, as a kid, up at my Grandmas house where she lived with her 3 sisters. That is what planted the seed of making things using little pieces.
Dad made a little box and covered it with little pieces in his younger days. After I got going on my Wood Mosaics, he would say, “My Grand Father made a couple little tables for casket stands, I made a little box using little pieces and Robin came along and ran it into the ground.”
The pieces that I usually use will naturally make a square, rectangle or an octagon. The pieces on this Large Hexagon Tumbling Block Box are cut on a different angle and will only naturally make a hexagon. I have been using this Tumbling block pattern for several years but have never made a box with it. I finely got around to making several different sizes of boxes, this year. I like the tumbling block pattern because not only do you see a lot of blocks but you can also see just as many stars that have 6 points. The blocks and stars both run over the edge of the box from the top onto the side without interruption.
The pattern has the illusion of a lot of blocks but there are as many stars as there are blocks. The design forces you to see the blocks. On each diamond, if you go to the side you are in the middle of a block. At each point you are in the middle of a star that has 6 points.
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